Trevor Plouffe lands on disabled list with oblique injury

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Via Major League Baseball’s official transactions feed on Twitter …

Plouffe suffered the left oblique injury in Saturday’s 12-9 loss to the Tigers and will likely be sidelined for the next three weeks. The 28-year-old third baseman is batting .241/.320/.400 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 64 games played this season. Eduardo Nunez finished out Saturday’s loss at the hot corner and could be the Twins’ primary starter there for the remainder of June. Eduardo Escobar is another option.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.